Happy New Year's!!!!

Our shop has been through a whirlwind in 2016. This time last year the shop, the staff, the plans were nothing like they are today. Some things are not the way we would have chosen or planned them, yet some other things are better than our wildest imaginations could have led us to dream. So as I sit here, thinking back on a year that’s made me cry from both extremes of sorrow and happiness so frequently, I wanted to highlight 5 moments or growing periods for us in 2016.

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Zachariah: Looking Back

I remember two years ago in March walking from the University of Kentucky to this place called A Cup of Common Wealth. I hadn't really heard much about the shop before, but I knew that I could get a free drink and that's the only incentive a college student needs. So I walk half a mile to a small building on a small street with some weirdos inside it: some quiet guy named Joe and an excited girl named Basil. 

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Leap Day Memories

Every year, the earth rotates around the sun 365.25 times. Which means that every four years, because we have these things called calendars, we have to account for those extra .25 days, and we get Leap Day.


Now, you know us, and you know that if you give us even the tiniest reason to celebrate and throw a party, then we’ll throw a party.

So this year (being a leap year) we decided to throw a party.


It was a heck of fun day – Jeff downloaded an airhorn app on his phone that he used excessively every time a customer came in; Alex acted like she normally does times about 5,000; Mike made some loud, weird noises from time to time; we used a selfie stick and took way too many photos; and all hands were on deck to make it the best Monday EVER.

Alexandra Canada and her selfie stick.  Thanks for participating Bo and MikeyRuRu!

Alexandra Canada and her selfie stick.  Thanks for participating Bo and MikeyRuRu!

And, along the way, we had a few challenges for people – one of our pals played Pictionary with us first thing in the morning; we had a bunch of folks sit down in our tiny little café space and leapfrog each other; a couple of people whipped and nae-naed for free drinks; people jumped out into the street yelling, “HAPPY LEAP DAY!”


We gave away free drinks for an hour starting at 2:29, and loved seeing the looks on people’s faces (even some of the baristas, when we told them about it!) while they processed why we chose such a ‘random’ time.

Free Drinks with Magnus!

Free Drinks with Magnus!

We ate these unbelievably delicious chocolate bourbon cream pies that Rian from Pig and Pepper made us.


You could say that it’s a silly thing for us to throw a party about, but we like to look at it this way:

Once every four years, you get a whole extra day. Why not make it great? Why not use it to do all of the stuff we normally say we don’t have time to do? Why not share a little kindness? Why not be a little crazy? Dance a little; share a little; shout a little; download airhorn apps a little; and most of all, celebrate each other – a lot.

That’s what we love about being a part of such a wonderful community like you all – together, we find a little reason to celebrate and have fun, and we run with it. 


We had a lot of fun this year (on Leap Day and beyond!) and we appreciate you all for joining us.